The Cogent sector employs 24,700 employees. Employment levels are expected to increase slightly to 27,000 in 2014. Employment is clustered in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries and the oil and gas industry. 4% of employers in the sector are based in the region, 61% of which employ fewer than 10 people.
The mean weekly pay for the region is £614.70, compared to £381.50 for the whole sector in the UK.
Data from the Labour Force Survey for the region’s sectoral workforce are variable so some caution is required for the following workforce profile data:
- over 90% of the workforce are employed full-time
- 44-50% of the workforce is over 45 years
- over 80% of the sector workforce is male, with a 1% increase in the proportion of women expected in the next 10 years
- 99% of the workforce is white, compared to 98% of the region’s workforce
- the proportion of the workforce with higher level qualifications (42%) is lower than the overall North East figure (48%) and the UK sector figure (53%)
The occupational structure of the sector will remain stable over the next 10 years. Slight rises are projected for associate and technical roles including engineering technicians. Process operatives and management occupations are forecast to remain stable. There are a high proportion of Process, plant & machine operatives in the region.
Internal skills gaps are experienced by 23% employers in the region, compared to the national trend of 16% of establishments. 23% of organisations report vacancies. There is a deficit of people with qualifications at Level 2 (9%) and Level 3 (10%).
15% of employers in the sector reported no barriers to training which is much lower than the national average. However, lack of time and problems funding training were identified as barriers to training.
Sources: Cogent regional factsheet 2008 and Cogent Sector Skill Needs Assessment 2006